Date: November 08, 2007

Jones & Grady take out historic Sydney event

Concord Golf Club finally got the sunshine and blue skies it was waiting for as Rosie Jones and Wayne Grady held on to win the Women&aposs World Legends Tour Open Championship and the Handa Australian Senior Open respectively. Trailing by one-stroke going into Sunday&aposs final round, Jones started consistently by recording five straight pars before breaking the Legends tournament wide open with four birdies in five holes either side of the turn. The recently retired American&aposs only blemish was a bogey on the par-five 15th, but she remained on top of the leaderboard for most of the day, finishing on eight-under for the tournament, two clear of overnight leader Alicia Dibos. Jan Stephenson strung together a three-under 68, the best round of the day, to finish outright third and the best of the Australian contingent among a world-class field. Wayne Grady and David Merriman were set up for a pulsating battle on the final day after shooting sub-70 scores in the opening two rounds and the pair did not disappoint. Holding a one-stroke lead, Grady immediately made his intentions clear with a birdie on the first, but with a strong breeze and fraying nerves, both players struggled to settle into the see-sawing contest. A double bogey to Grady on the fifth gave his opponent the lead, but a critical slip-up on the par-three ninth handed the ascendancy straight back to the Queenslander. After hitting into a greenside bunker, his caddy began to rake the sand before Merriman had played the ball, thus incurring a two-stroke penalty. It was a crucial turning point in an eventful final round. At the end of a close back nine, Grady was faced with a clutch eight-footer to win on the 18th green and the veteran made no mistake, draining the long putt for a memorable triumph. Afterwards, the Queenslander expressed his relief at winning but also his sympathy for the runner-up, Merriman. “It&aposs been a long time since I&aposve won a tournament. I was a little bit nervy but got the job done at the end of the day,” he said. “I would like to commiserate with David today, as much as I am happy to have won, David had a bit of misfortune on the ninth, not that I wanted to win that way, it&aposs just one of those things that happen.” Merriman is now off to Europe for the Senior Tour Championship while Grady is gearing up for a summer of golf at home with the Australian PGA Championship and MFS Australian Open. Click here for final scores from the Women&aposs World Legends Tour Open Championship Click here for final scores from the Handa Australian Senior Open Championship